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FLRA nominees pledge expeditious action on backlog of unfair labor practice complaints

The Federal Labor Relations Authority faces a backlog of unfair labor practice complaints, which have built over the last four years without a Senate-confirmed general counsel to enforce them. The Biden administration’s nominees for the FLRA say resolving the backlog will be their top priority.

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DoD civilians will be suspended without pay and then fired if they do not get vaccinated

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From recruitment to retention, Army puts more management focus on civilian workforce

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Federal Data Strategy 2021 action plan sets cross-agency goals on AI, upskilling workforce

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Federal News Network at the Association of the U.S. Army's 2021 Conference

Get all the defense, tech, contracting and personnel coverage from this year's Association of the U.S. Army Conference held in Washington, D.C., this month.

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GSA’s 10x program crowdsourcing new customer experience ideas

Nico Papafil, director of the General Services Administration’s 10x program, said the program will fund more such ideas than ever before in fiscal 2022.

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VHA begins disciplinary process for employees who haven't responded to vaccine mandate

The department is still digging through the data, but Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough said he’s seeing a “bigger number” of employee accommodation requests for the COVID-19 vaccine mandate than they received for last year’s annual flu shot policy.

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Senate Democrats push for more racial and gender diversity in TSP investment options

A group of Senate Democrats says the Thrift Savings Plan should do more to give participants an opportunity to invest in funds by racially, ethnically and gender diverse asset managers. They’re also seeking more information about the TSP’s upcoming mutual fund window planned for next year.

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This open season, don’t overlook your dental and vision care

Open season gives federal employees and retirees an annual opportunity to make changes to their health, dental and vision insurance plans for the upcoming year. But relatively few federal employees make many changes to their coverage during a given year. The Office of Personnel Management and other experts often say those participants are missing out on better deals – and the chance to review whether their current plans are truly meeting their health needs.

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Senators seek 'guardrails' on expanded subpoena power for inspectors general

Agency inspectors general are getting closer to gaining the authority to question former federal employees and contractors as part of their investigations.

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DHS cyber talent system set to go live with ‘around 150 positions’ next month

CISA says the program will allow it to hire more cyber experts from non-traditional backgrounds.

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Navy Department to increase accountability of primes to meet subcontracting goals

Jimmy Smith, the director of the Office of Small Business programs for the Department of the Navy, said the service awarded more than $17 billion in prime contracts to small firms in fiscal 2021.

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Under new Biden initiative, agencies will do more to educate employees about collective bargaining

The White House on Wednesday announced new steps agencies will take to better inform prospective federal employees, new hires and current workers about their collective bargaining rights — and provide more details on how they can become active dues-paying union members if they choose.

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Defense News

From recruitment to retention, Army puts more management focus on civilian workforce

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The Army’s Enterprise Cloud Management Office looks to deliver computing resources around the world

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DoD civilians will be suspended without pay and then fired if they do not get vaccinated

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Navy Department to increase accountability of primes to meet subcontracting goals

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Pay & Benefits

DoD civilians will be suspended without pay and then fired if they do not get vaccinated

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Senate Democrats push for more racial and gender diversity in TSP investment options

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Technology

Federal Data Strategy 2021 action plan sets cross-agency goals on AI, upskilling workforce

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The nation’s last line of defense is controlled by really, really old technology

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Workforce

Federal Data Strategy 2021 action plan sets cross-agency goals on AI, upskilling workforce

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From recruitment to retention, Army puts more management focus on civilian workforce

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